Joyce “Dolly” Reagan, 87, a longtime Moretown resident, died peacefully in the comfort of her home and family on Monday evening, Sept. 2, 2019.
She was born in Winooski March 19, 1932, daughter of Evard and Bernice (Cushing) Norris, and graduated in 1950 from Montpelier High School.
On Oct. 1, 1951, she married Cedric C. Reagan in Waterbury Center.
Dolly spent her early years in the Burlington area. At age 15, she moved to Moretown. Her first job was in the sock department at Woolworth’s Department Store.
While raising her family, she operated her own house-cleaning business in the Mad River Valley. She later worked for the Mad River Valley Transfer Station and the Moretown General Store, from which she retired. She will be fondly remembered as Mrs. Claus, passing out candy canes at the Moretown General Store.
She was a founding member of the Moretown Historical Society and was a member of the Moretown PTA. She enjoyed playing softball in her younger years.
She enjoyed knitting, ceramics, jigsaw puzzles, and everyone enjoyed her baked beans and blackberry pies.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Cedric Reagan of Moretown. What started as a ride on his 1948 Indian motorcycle turned into a long and wonderful life together.
Survivors include her children, Denise Gabaree and husband Joe of Moretown, Dale Reagan and wife Rae of Moretown, and Rebecca Zinn and husband Wally of South Hero; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Sorgen of North Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; a very close sister-in-law, Sandy Reagan of Moretown; a son-in-law, Owen Wimble of Waitsfield; and nieces, nephews and extended family.
A daughter, Beth A. Wimble, died July 9, 2002; five brothers and six sisters also died earlier.
A gathering to celebrate the life of Dolly Reagan will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Moretown Town Hall. Private burial will be in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery in Moretown.
Donations in Dolly Reagan’s memory may be made to a favorite charity. Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury is assisting the family. To send online condolences: perkinsparker.com or funeral home’s Facebook page.